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Natural Insect Control

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Natural Insect control.
 
Tonight I am doing lecture for the Griffin Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association on things we have done here in our yard that not only improves my photography but makes it a more natural order in life. I am doing a version of this lecture in Jackson, WY Sunday as well. It is titled “Avoiding a Silent Spring” and is how we have taken to heart some of the subjects that were talked about in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”. One of the points was how widespread we humans treated and still treat for Japanese Beetles. We treat the plants and soil with chemicals, but to no avail. Here in Bear Woods, we don’t treat with any chemicals, we use a product called Scarlet Tanager. The Tanagers love eating the beetles and I simply sit on the porch and photograph them as they come in for their meals. This will start to occur around the end of June, beginning of July and continue for a few weeks. We have slowly, 4 or 5 years, worked on returning many parts of our property to more natural settings and in doing so attracted a tremendous amount of migratory birds. My presentation talks about our efforts and how we have set up bird photography studios to capture the beauty of the visitors we have attracted. I will show lots of pretty pictures of the birds and help to give you ideas of how to do some simple common sense things to do the same, regardless of the size of your yard. It will be worth the time for you if you simply love seeing beautiful birds, photographing them, or just simply want to make your yard a safer, chemical free place to live.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Blue-headed Vireo Arrivals

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2018 by lilybug1960

Blue-headed Vireo.
 
The other spring migrant/summer resident I have been hearing and seeing is my favorite Vireo, the Blue-headed Vireo. I have a couple in the woods around the house establishing their territories and I hear their songs and see them fly from tree to tree. I hope they will nest in the area as they are great for pest control and very curious. This image is from last year when one decided to come to the backyard to check out all the action happening around the gardens. The temps have been hitting close to 70 in the afternoon, although this morning it is in the mid 30s, so the foliage is starting to pop out on the early spring plants. Soon the treetops will begin to open just in time for the main Warbler migration to the north. Soon I will be awaken to the “Dawn Song”! My favorite sound of the year.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

The Sounds of Spring

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Sounds of Spring.
 
A friend and neighbor of mine sent me a message saying she had heard the song of a Black-throated Green Warbler and some Vireo recently. I had been hearing the Blue-headed Vireo but had not heard any Warblers beside a Pine Warbler. Well, that changed yesterday as I arrived home after picking up a load of firewood. I stepped out of the car and could hear the Black-throated Green singing in the treetops. The image today is from last year. This time of year they are busy singing and looking for insects high above. They are traditionally our first Spring Warbler to appear followed by the Black and White Warbler. Spring is here, the birds are returning….truly Bird Nirdvana…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Eastern Screech Owl, Red Morph

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2018 by lilybug1960

Eastern Screech Owl, Red Morph.
 
Yesterday morning we hosted our Birds of Prey Workshop with Georgia Mountain Falconry at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA. These folks were top notch and the birds they brought were incredible! We even got to go out afterward and witness how the Red-tailed Hawks hunt. From the images I have seen so far and the feedback we have gotten, our participants captured some incredible images. One star of the show was “Huckleberry” an Eastern Screech Owl, Red Morph. He posed on a log for us very well. We will definitely do another one of these in the future, but will wait until the birds complete their Spring feather molt. Thank you again to Buster and his folks!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSAMagazine, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Nature’s Insecticide

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2018 by lilybug1960

Nature’s Insecticide.
 
My post yesterday touched on our approach to insect control. Each and every insect has a role in nature’s decomposition of things. From mites, to beetles and other insects to earthworms. Through my studies, I learned how important it was to leave dead flowers standing so insects can start the breakdown process. Eventually the insects are large enough to support the predators that feed on them, in this case the Worm-eating Warbler. Prior to this past year I had only seen a Worm-eating Warbler a handful of times. This past year though, I spent many mornings photographing this spectacular bird. Hundreds if not thousands of frames. They became one of my favorites with their nearly daily visits. If you are wanting to increase the number and variety of birds you see and photograph, plant some tall flowers, like sunflowers and let them die off and dry out after blooming. The variety of Warblers gleaning the foliage for insects alone is worth it!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 6400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Why being a Birder will improve your Nature Photography

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2018 by lilybug1960

Why Being a Birder will improve your Nature Photography.
 
Before I start I should also say it will improve your life as well. I was always interested in nature as a kid. I had field guides and spent every free minute wandering in the woods. My greater appreciation for birding took hold when I became a professional Nature Photographer. My mentor, John Shaw, didn’t accept my identification of a Herring Gull as a Seagull. He pushed me to learn the identifications of birds and their habits as well. In 1995 a trip to the Galapagos Islands for a workshop was a check mark off of my bucket list. Then later that month I attended the first NANPA Nature Photography Forum held in Ft. Myers, FL. During that event I was a co-leader on a trip to J. Ding Darling NWR and was lucky enough to be joined by Roger Tory Peterson. My birding took off like wildfire from that point. A few years later my wife Evelyn registered me for continuing education classes at Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a Christmas gift. During that time I found how much more I wanted to spend outside learning and observing birds and nature. In doing so, my exposure to sunrises and sunsets took new meanings in the respect that it became more than just light, it became an event to observe and learn. The more time I spent outside, the more I photographed, and my craft improved. It has changed how I do yard work even. Instead of pesticides, I let the Scarlet Tanagers glean Japanese Beetles from the trees and shrubs. In turn, I watch and photograph.
 
I will always consider myself a photography teacher, but it is such a great feeling when one of my fellow photographers express how my passion for birding has influenced them as well. It is a great feeling when someone captures an image of a bird and they want to learn what the bird is and ask questions of its behavior as well. Nothing bad comes of educating someone about the natural world. We all become better photographers, and better people as well. Learn that “bird” isn’t just a noun, it can be a verb as well.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Adaptation

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

Adaptation.
 
It has been cloudy, foggy and rainy here for the majority of the past 2 weeks and I haven’t been able to go somewhere and do some landscape images, but I have been able to do some modifications to the yard and studios. I have pair of Carolina Wrens that build a nest each year where ever opportunity presents itself. A tin watering can on the back porch was a favorite 2 years ago. Well over the winter, that tin can developed a small hole and no longer holds water, so I drilled a hole in the bottom and mounted it to the siding on the porch. I joked say I bet within 2 days a Wren would check it out. I was wrong. The Wrens were checking it out within a couple hours and now a week later are putting the finishing touches on a nest inside the can! I spent a little time working on some video of it yesterday and will do some stills to put together a nice story as it continues. Wrens are great! About 10 years ago I left a pair of boots on the porch to dry out. They were laying on their side, and 2 days later a nest was inside. I didn’t disturb it, I simply cleaned it out when the young fledged. Now I need to go find some other objects like the can to encourage more nesting sites!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana